Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan

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#80 of 329 in Wildlife in Ontario
Quetico Provincial Park is a large wilderness park in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, renowned for its excellent canoeing and fishing. This 4,760sqkm park shares its southern border with Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which is part of the larger Superior National Forest. These large wilderness parks are often collectively referred to as the Boundary Waters or the Quetico-Superior Country.GeographyThe park includes over 2000 unofficial, unimproved wilderness campsites spread throughout more than 600 lakes. Canoeists require permit reservations and in-season may only enter the Quetico via six Ranger Stations which serve 21 specific entry points. It is possible to drive to three of these Ranger Stations: Dawson Trail, Atikokan, Lac La Croix. One must portage and paddle to Beaverhouse, and paddle or take a tow from an outfitter to Cache Bay or Prairie Portage. Drive-in camping is available only at the Dawson Trail campground; log cabins are also available to rent.Most of the southern half of the Park is a region known historically as "Hunter Island" (not a real island).HistoryIn 1909, an "Order in Council" by the Government of Ontario established the Quetico Forest Reserve. Early the same year, the United States federal government established the adjacent Superior National Forest and Superior Game Refuge, which eventually would become the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Quetico Provincial Park was created in 1913 through passage of the Provincial Parks Act, although road access wasn't built until 1954.
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  • A large boundary waters park, with very primitive services. A area that well seasoned and experience trekkers can enjoy. Once home to the largest fire fighting crews of the OMNR. , now abandoned and n...  more »
  • Spent the night here travelling through. A really beautiful area which I am sure is best explored by canoe or kayak but can still be enjoyed by the nature hiking (I don't think there is anything longe...  more »
  • Quetico is a wonderful place to spend time in nature. We spent ten days kayaking and camping in the backcountry. Wonderful, beautiful, solitude.  more »
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  • Ultimate canoe and kayakers destination with lots a miles lined with beautiful scenery. There are 21 portage places and 6 ranger in which you must get a permit. If you enter Quetico from the US side, you need to check in at customs before you cross into Canada. If paddling, you need a CANPASS Remote Area Border Crossing permit. You will see rock cliffs, a few waterfalls and lots of pine trees. If you are in to cross country skiing, I have heard this is a must. I have done some snow shoeing here, but be ready for some aching muscles the next day. If you ask me, the more remote the better and this place is remote. There is the Dawson Trail camp ground, but is only accessible by water kayak or canoe. There is also an opportunity to purchase wildlife art work from talented artists in the area.
  • Great service good was good. My hot turkey was luck warm. Freindly place I'll be back
  • Top pick for flatwater canoe tripping. Good choice for a couple days exploring in winter, with cute and affordable cabins. Endless chains of lakes big and small, rugged feel without marked campsites or portages (but great established sites and not too rough portages in most popular areas). And very few people - on a long weekend from a popular entry point you might see one or two parties in a day, or noone at all.
  • Lovely lovely park to enjoy as a visitor. The electrical hookups are NOT convenient or up to par. Ours has the wiring wrong so the coach will not use the 30 amps as promised. Still... We would love to come back again soon!!!
  • Always been a fan of Quetico . Great lakes and tricky canoeing if you want a challenge. Quetico has a great History with it Indigenous peoples for Thousands of years. The pictographs are worth the trip alone.
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